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23 Los Angeles Restaurants That Make Dining With a Group Easy

If you’re looking to hit the LA dining scene with a crew in tow, you might want to consider booking a private dining room, a cool courtyard or a poolside bar for you and your friends to totally takeover. From a charming Italian neighborhood joint with a patio to a colorful taqueria, we’ve got options for all. Just in it for the wine? We’ve got a wine bar in Santa Monica you’ll love. More of a clean eating type? Head out to Venice Beach for a plant based meal. Come along as we explore all the options.

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Bavel

Los Angeles, California

Bavel is out to change your perception of the Middle Eastern restaurant from "dark and patterned" to light and airy – the pièce de résistance is the suspended plant system in the center of the space. Large parties of 9 to 14 can be seated in the main dining room (under those plants, no less), while groups of up to 22 guests can takeover the covered patio. Have a group over 22? Bavel also offers complete buyouts.

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Elephante learn more

If you’re looking to impress your friends with a private party and views of the ocean, this spot should be at the top of your list. Elephante has a private room overlooking the beach with its own bar and balcony, where you fit up to 70 guests for an epic southern Mediterranean style dinner.
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$407 avg. room rate
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FIG at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows learn more

You’ll be able to fit about 20 of your favorite party guests in the private dining space at FIG Restaurant. The food here is casual California style, just like the atmosphere and features dishes from the wood burning oven and wood burning grill.
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Broken Spanish learn more

Providing a dining experience that’s much like that of Sundays’ past in your abuela’s home, Broken Spanish offers a comfortable atmosphere where it’s easy to gather with a group. There are a couple of options for private and semi-private dining, as well as options for cocktail parties if you’re looking for something more casual.
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Redbird learn more

The sunny, colorful space at DTLA’s Redbird is always a great place to get together with friends. With multiple floors and various private dining spaces, there’s something for every group hang from a dozen guests to as many as 800.
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$197 avg. room rate
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Openaire at The Line Hotel learn more

A poolside oasis in the heart of Koreatown, Openaire is the brainchild of two-star Michelin chef Josiah Citrin. The space is a stunner and the outdoor/indoor combo makes it great for hosting a daytime event. The menu here is totally Californian, with local and seasonal dishes best shared.
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Plant Food + Wine learn more

Plant Food + Wine is on a mission to prove that your holiday gathering can be a healthy feast that’s guilt-free. The menu here is all about the veggies, grains and legumes. As for the gathering spaces, you can choose from a garden patio, a small wine room, a dining room with a fireplace or takeover the main interior restaurant space.
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Tavern learn more

A private dining setup at Brentwood’s Tavern could mean taking over an atrium space with soaring ceilings, or getting cozy in a warm, ambient room with a golden glow. Whatever setup option you go with, the food is always a hit.
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Viale dei Romani at Kimpton La Peer

West Hollywood, California
From a rooftop overlooking the Hollywood Hills to a poolside patio or cozy courtyard with outdoor fireplaces, pick your party setup poison at Viale dei Romani. These spaces are available all day, so you can host a breakfast, lunch or dinner with your main squeezes.
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Petit Trois Valley

Los Angeles, California
You and your friends are likely to feel more like you’re in some chic Parisian bistro than dining in Sherman Oaks. Alas, Petit Trois Valley sits right on Ventura Boulevard. And oui oui, there’s a private dining room right inside too.
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Gracias Madre West Hollywood learn more

If you’re after a place where you can accommodate all your vegan friends for a party, check out West Hollywood’s Gracias Madre. The menu here is all organic, locally sourced and plant based, and the patio makes a great gathering space.
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The Wine Room at A.O.C. learn more

A darling of the Beverly Hills dining scene, AOC provides guests with a beautiful California Spanish Revival setting. There’s a private dining space upstairs known as the wine room, which overlooks the courtyard and is perfect for an event of about 40 guests.
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Salt Air learn more

A casual, beachy bistro on Abbott Kinney, Salt Air is seafood centric with a minimalist vibe. Check out the Map Room if you and a crew of about a dozen are looking to have a space to yourselves.
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Nobu

Malibu, California
Set right along the water’s edge in Malibu, this renowned Japanese-meets-Peruvian restaurant can be booked out for private events. Though you’ll need to hop on the planning pretty far in advance to reserve it, Nobu will set a whole new bar for your group gatherings.
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Tallula's learn more

Mexican fare is served up in a fun and festive atmosphere at Tallula’s in Santa Monica. Here, you can take over the entire upstairs with up to 50 guests and you’ll have a whole bar to yourselves. Margaritas all around!
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Back Patio at B.S. Taqueria learn more

Take over the back patio at B.S. Taqueria for a night of enjoying chips and guac, tacos and enchiladas with up to 75 of your amigos. Don’t forget to order a few pitchers of mezcal margaritas for the table!
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Simone Restaurant

Los Angeles, California
Snazzy spaces and friendly faces make Simone one of the best spots for dining with a group in the Arts District. There are a couple of private dining spaces, including one for up to a dozen folks and another for up to 24. The southern California style food here is solid, with a bar program by Iain McPherson that perfectly complements.
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Esters Wine Shop & Bar learn more

You can schedule a private wine tasting with paired bites for your crew at this Santa Monica wine shop and bar. There’s the option of taking over the patio, the shop or just as much space as you need at Esters.
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The Bazaar by José Andrés

Beverly Hills, California
Traditional Spanish flavors are served with a modern spin at The Bazaar by José Andrés in Beverly Hills. Here, you can indulge in your darker side by booking the rojo space with a group of up to a hundred, or spread out in a the lighter, brighter blanco room and spill onto the terrace with a crew.
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Eveleigh learn more

Check out the back patio at the Eveleigh for a private dining option that’s gorgeous both day and night. You can easily host a gathering here that’s super casual or opt for a more romantic, formal event.
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Bestia

Los Angeles, California
A fan favorite for Italian eats including fresh pastas and pizzas, Bestia has a great semi-private dining space on the patio adjacent to the dining room that can seat 9-25 guests. And let’s be real, nothing says party time like a healthy serving of Italian food.
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Preston’s at Loews Hollywood Hotel learn more

Planning a night out in Hollywood? Kick it off with your crew at Preston’s in the Loews Hollywood Hotel. The space is set on the mezzanine level and has great views of the city.
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East Bar Private Room at The Parlor Hollywood learn more

It’s all about the good vibes at The Parlor in Hollywood. Check out the East Bar for a private space you can have all to yourselves for as many as a hundred guests.
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